Research Magazine-August 2009

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  • Waiting for Wall Street

    Robert Tyndall

    As Congress considers a national health-care overhaul partly financed through a millionaire's tax, combined rates on New York's wealthiest citizens could reach an astonishing 57...

  • How To Measure Risk Tolerance

    Bill Miller

    By now we all know that clients are not behaving in the familiar ways that we have grown accustomed to. Losing boatloads of money can...

  • ProShares Expands Leveraged Lineup

    Ron DeLegge

    ProShares has been one of this summer's busiest ETF providers. The company has introduced 10 more ETFs built to deliver daily magnified returns. Four of the...

  • Vanguard's Wellington Fund Celebrates

    Janet Levaux

    The Vanguard Wellington Fund (VWELX), which now has about $40 billion in assets, has turned 80. "The Wellington Fund is a compelling case for the...

  • Top Fund Brands for Advisors

    Janet Levaux

    Financial advisors associate positive branding with American Funds, iShares and Ivy Funds, according to a recent study done by Kasina and Horsesmouth, which included responses...

  • Emerging Markets Spur ETF Surge

    Staff Writer

    Don't look now, but emerging markets have rediscovered their mojo. After declining more than 50 percent last year and leading global stocks into a freefall,...

  • A Time to Shine

    Janet Levaux

    Frank Holmes U.S. Global Investors 800-873-8637 shsvc@usfunds.com Conditions have improved for gold equities, and economic policy decisions being made in Washington could further increase the investment appeal of these...

  • PIMCO Jumps into ETF Market

    Ron DeLegge

    The ETF market has a new face and it's Pacific Investment Management Company (PIMCO). The Newport Beach, Calif.-based firm is well-known for its diverse menu of...

  • Direxion Reverse Splits Funds

    Ron DeLegge

    On July 8, the Direxion Daily Financial Bull 3x Shares (FAS) had a 1-for-5 reverse split and the Direxion Daily Financial Bear 3x Shares (FAZ)...

  • Retirement: A Field in Flux

    Francois Gadenne

    The Retirement Income Industry Association's "View Across the Silos" means that members call looking for advice and examples that go beyond what they usually see...

  • MS-SB Makes Push for More Female FAs

    Janet Levaux

    Morgan Stanley Smith Barney says it has launched the Women Financial Advisors Forum online for women interested in becoming financial advisors at Morgan Stanley Smith...

  • Portrait of a Branch Manager

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    David A. Tufts' Park Avenue branch office in the soaring MetLife Building is right behind Grand Central Terminal, that bustling train station of perpetual coming...

  • Valuable Lessons

    Patricia J. Abram

    For months now, serious troubles with the American auto industry have been front page news. This gives us reason to pause and ask, "What went...

  • When Florida Sizzled

    Kenneth Silber

    During the winter of 1925, visitors to the new Florida town of Coral Gables were treated to a curious spectacle. There was former Secretary of...

  • Will Active ETFs Dominate?

    Ron DeLegge

    During the late 1980s, "The Future's So Bright I Gotta Were Shades" soared to become a hit pop song for its optimistic outlook. A similar...

  • The High Cost of Going Bankrupt

    Alexei Bayer

    Who: Martha Solinger, Co-General Counsel, Lehman Brothers Holdings Where: Bombay Palace, 30 West 52nd Street, New York When: June 25, 2009 On the Menu: Chicken curry and financial...

  • A Disciplined Approach: Dividend Achievers

    Janet Levaux

    Research Dividend Achiever's Index As tracked by Mergent Inc., these companies have increased annual regular dividends for at least the past 10 consecutive years while meeting certain...

  • Super-Focused on Risk

    Ellen Uzelac

    David Wisehaupt used to joke that if he were cut, little bulls would run out -- that's how loyal he was to Merrill Lynch, his...

  • Mastering Cold Calling

    Bill Good

    In recent columns, I've discussed how to cold call and I've analyzed calling scripts sent to me by readers. You can pick up your copy...

  • Crisis Coaching

    Ellen Uzelac

    Nearly a year into the current economic crisis, many in the advisory profession continue to grapple with plunging incomes, unsettled clients and poor credibility. Worse yet,...

  • Financial Escape Artist

    Jane Wollman Rusoff

    Here's the gospel according to cerebral quant Mebane T. Faber: Risk management equals market timing. Buy-and-hold? To this 31-year-old contrarian, it's nothing more than "buy...

  • The Obama Bubble

    Alexei Bayer

    The Obama Bubble The late 1990s were marked by a stock market bubble, when "irrational exuberance" boosted the value of technology shares in stock portfolios and...

  • Putnam Finds More Momentum

    Janet Levaux

    Putnam Investments has announced that Charles E. "Ed" Haldeman Jr., has stepped down from his position as president of the Putnam Funds. Robert L. Reynolds,...

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